French Televisions boosts docus

Investment to rise to $127 million in 2012

PARIS — Gallic pubcaster French Televisions is to pump up investment in local docu production, it announced at FIPA, France’s biggest TV fest, on Thursday.

The pubcaster has allocated $116 million to docus this year, a 2.1% increase from 2009, and says that it aims to boost investment to $127 million in 2012.

It did not disclose its investment for next year.

Along with Franco-German net Arte and pay TV company CanalPlus, France Televisions is a major backer of docus in France. It financed 70% of all French factual production last year.

“Documentary is one of France Televisions’ major strengths,” Philippe Vilamitjana, head of programming, said. “When we see the ratings for (docus) ‘Apocalypse’ or ‘Home’ in primetime, we understand that this type of program has found a loyal audience on France Televisions.”

The net also announced it will invest $487,200 in the production of a 24-episode online docu series called “Portrait d’un nouveau monde” (Portrait of a New World), which will be accessible on France Televisions’ website.

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